Mission Design and Concept of Operations of a 6U CubeSat Mission for Proximity Operations and RSO Imaging
Space Development and Test Directorate Albuquerque United States
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ARAPAlMA is a proximity operations mission sponsored by the US Air ForceOffice of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory, to perform the in-orbit demonstration of proximity operations for visible, infrared, and three dimensional imaging of resident space objects RSOs on a nanosat platform. The nanosat is of the 6U CubeSat class, with overall dimensions of 11 X 26 X 34cm and a mass of 9kg. This paper details the goals and the concept of operations of the mission and presents the current status of the design.
- Unmanned Spacecraft